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ReferenceEdit

Please show me the true reference in Gulliver's Travels to the quote "Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody else has thought."

In the mean time I will update the source of this quote, also using the original preposition "in"

Below is someone's original source. See Gulliver's Travels for many online seachable versions of the text. Jonathan Swift, Gulliver's Travels (pt. III, ch. V, Voyage to Laputa)

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  • All of the biggest technological inventions created by man - the airplane, the automobile, the computer - says little about his intelligence, but speaks volumes about his laziness.
  • Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.
  • Electric telegraphs, printing, gas, Tobacco, balloons, and steam, Are little events that have come to pass Since the days of the old regime. And, spite of Lempriere's dazzling page, I'd give--though it might seem bold--A hundred years of the Golden Age For a year of the Age of Gold.
  • The golden hour of invention must terminate like other hours, and when the man of genius returns to the cares, the duties, the vexations, and the amusements of life, his companions behold him as one of themselves--the creature of habits and infirmities.
  • I do not think there is any thrill that can go through the human heart like that felt by the inventor as he sees some creation of the brain unfolding to success.
  • Invention is the mother of necessity.
  • It is questionable if all the mechanical inventions yet made have lightened the day's toil of any human being.
  • Lo, this only have I found, that God hath made man upright; but they have sought out many inventions.
  • The machine does not isolate man from the great problems of nature but plunges him more deeply into them.
  • Opportunity is missed by most people because it's dressed in overalls and looks like work.
  • Probably the earliest flyswatters were nothing more than some sort of striking surface attached to the end of a long stick.
  • The production of too many useful things results in too many useless people.
  • Soon silence will have passed into legend. Man has turned his back on silence. Day after day he invents machines and devices that increase noise and distract humanity from the essence of life, contemplation, meditation...tooting, howling, screeching, booming, crashing, whistling, grinding, and trilling bolster his ego. His anxiety subsides. His inhuman void spreads monstrously like a gray vegetation.
  • Technological progress has merely provided us with more efficient means for going backwards.
  • Technology... the knack of so arranging the world that we don't have to experience it.
  • What the country needs are a few labor-making inventions.
  • Everything that could have been invented has been patented.
  • The most amazing and effective inventions are not those which do most honor to the human genius.
  • Invention starts by a spark in the gap between laziness and exuberance.